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Police: Albany Grandparents Overdose While Watching Grandkids

James and Riley Young were found unresponsive outside of a Village Pantry in Albany on Thursday.

ALBANY, Ind. -- A grandmother and grandfather face felony neglect charges after police say they overdosed and had to be revived while they were supposed to be caring for two of their grandchildren.

James Young, 41, and Riley Young, 44, were arrested early Thursday morning. In addition to the neglect charges, James and Riley both face misdemeanor public intoxication charges, while Riley faces a felony charge of possession of heroin.

An officer with Eaton Police Department found Riley unresponsive outside a Village Pantry at 641 W. Walnut St. around 2:48 a.m. Thursday.

An Albany police officer also responded. Emergency medical personnel administered Riley a dose of the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone through Narcan at the scene.

When Riley was conscious, she admitted to medics that she had "snorted" heroin and was transported to Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. 

When the Albany police officer went to the Youngs' residence, less than half a mile away from the Village Pantry in the 500 block of West State Street, to inform Riley's husband of her overdose, he found James unresponsive "on his knees behind (an) open car door," court documents say. Police said three doses of naloxone through Narcan were administered to James before he regained consciousness and was also taken to IU Health Ball Memorial. 

When the police officer saw two car seats on the front porch of the residence, he went inside to look for children and found a 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl asleep. There were no other adults at the residence and drugs were found inside the home, according to court documents. 

Riley and James both told police "they were watching their grandchildren and were supposed to take care of them," and James admitted to police that he had used the drugs found in the home. 

On Friday, James and Riley remained in the Delaware County Jail, on $6,000 and $16,000 bonds, respectively.

(Photos by WISHTV) 

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